Archive for August, 2008

PMS WIPS Publication

Friday, August 29th, 2008

One of the entries in the Brain Hammer PMS WIPS (Philosophy and/of Mind (and/or) Science Works In Progress Sessions) has recently been published: “The function of folk psychology: mind reading or mind shaping?” by Tadeusz W. Zawidzki in Philosophical Explorations.

Links: [publisher's page for the paper][further info on PMS WIPS][the original PMS WIPS discussion on Zawidzki's paper]

Abstract:

I argue for two claims. First I argue against the consensus view that accurate behavioral prediction based on accurate representation of cognitive states, i.e. mind reading, is the sustaining function of propositional attitude ascription. This practice cannot have been selected in evolution and cannot persist, in virtue of its predictive utility, because there are principled reasons why it is inadequate as a tool for behavioral prediction. Second I give reasons that favor an alternative account of the sustaining function of propositional attitude ascription. I argue that it serves a mind-shaping function. Roughly, propositional attitude ascription enables human beings to set up regulative ideals that function to mold behavior so as to make it easier to coordinate with.

Fast Thinkin’

Tuesday, August 19th, 2008

This is not exactly the confluence of flames and armchairs that experimental philosophers like best, but maybe this could be the poster for the counter-revolution.

From Make blog:
http://blog.makezine.com/_articles_08_08_19_1552255-1.jpg

LOLQuine

Friday, August 15th, 2008

funny pictures
moar funny pictures
funny pictures
moar funny pictures

Call for Papers: Transhumanism, Cognitive Enhancement and AI

Friday, August 15th, 2008

Call for Papers: Special Issue: Transhumanism, Cognitive Enhancement and AI

The journal Minds and Machines invites submissions for a special issue on the topic of transhumanism, cognitive enhancement, cyborgization, uploading and artificial intelligence.

Further details here: [link]